Christ and the Church, Pt. 2

Christ and the Church, Pt. 2

Christ and the Church, Pt. 2

Ephesians 5:22-33


This week we will continue in the current series about the basics of the church.  Last week, we discussed the relationship between Christ and the Church.  We saw how Christ was head of the church, Christ loved the church and how Christ nourishes and cherishes the church.  This week we will look at the connection between Christ and the church and the husband and wife.

Ephesians 5:22-33 (NASB)

22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

Basic Outline for Sunday’s Message

  1. The Husband is Head of the Wife
  2. Husbands Love their Wives
  3. Husbands Nourish and Cherish their Wives

Study Questions

  1. Why do you think Paul uses the symbol of the husband and wife as an analogy for Christ and the church?
  2. What does it mean for wives to be subject “to their husbands in everything”?  What should this look like?
  3. What does it mean for husbands to nourish and cherish their wives?  Why is this important to Paul?

Family Talk

The Bible is not simply a collection of ideas or thoughts that we can apply when it best suits our needs.  The Bible is God’s authoritative, inspired, inerrant message to His people.  When God’s Word teaches us practically how to live, we need to apply those practical lessons as obedient, faithful servants of the Lord.

In my estimation, this passage is difficult because it goes against our cultural understanding of the roles of men and women and many even find it offensive that there would be any distinction in gender roles at all.  Yet, faithful interpreters of the Bible know that we cannot interpret Scripture based on our culture, but must look to the original intent of the author to the original audience. Then when we have faithfully interpreted the passage, we must diligently apply the lessons to our lives.

As you discuss this passage of Scripture in your home, discuss the importance of being faithful to interpret God’s Word as God has intended it to be interpreted.  You may want to talk about how there are at times difficult passages with which we must wrestle, but nonetheless must still be obedient to them.  In addition, encourage your family that our greatest joy in life will come as we live out God’s Word faithfully.


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